Engaging All Learners

Engaging All Learners

Friday, May 18, 2018

Meet and Greet for Mrs. Lothspeich Held at Paine

Paine parents and students came out last night to welcome Lisa Lothspeich to Paine Elementary as the new principal.  Mrs. Lothspeich will assume her new position as principal as Dr. Evans transitions to his new role as Federal Programs Director. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Problem Based Learning at Paine

During the third trimester at Paine Elementary second graders explored land forms, land masses and changes to land in their science unit using STEMscopes and Mystery Science.  To wrap up the unit for the trimester, students completed a PBL (Project Based Learning) activity.  Students were given the task of designing a barrier that would prevent erosion of sand due to wind and water.

The Task

Are you ready for a spirited competition on the beautiful beaches of California? Welcome to the Annual Sand Castle Days Competition. Every year during the Sand Castle Competition, there are teams whose castles are destroyed before they are finished, due to water and wind. You will be a part of a design team of experts who will design a barrier system to protect the sand castles from the natural forces of wind and water and the erosional destruction they could cause during the competition.  The barrier system protecting your sand castle must be made from any appropriate materials that are free and recyclable.  Be prepared as a team to explain why your design will be effective in preventing wind and water erosion.

The second graders used moss, plastic cups, foam plates, pebbles and popsicle sticks to create barriers to prevent the sand from blowing or washing away.  The majority of the models created by the students helped prevent erosion from either wind or water.  Students were more successful in preventing wind erosion, but one team was also able to completely prevent water erosion as well.

Second grade teacher, Mrs. Findley, reported, "All of the teams' explanations were excellent.  I was very proud of them and their application of what they learned this trimester.  I made brief videos of all of the teams explaining their design and why/how they thought their design would prevent erosion and sent them to their parents."

Felecia Gulledge Honored

The Alabama section of the American Chemical Society honors a high school chemistry teacher each year for their efforts to educate future chemists and other allied professionals. Felecia Gulledge, HTHS science teacher, was presented with the award on May 8 at a banquet at Silver Coin Indian Grill. Felecia received this distinguished honor with her family in attendance. Dr. Phyllis Faust introduced Felecia before she received her award. Congratulations to Felecia Gulledge for this remarkable award. 

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

District Elementary Collaboration

Teachers from all three elementary schools met at Paine Elementary May 7 for an afternoon of reflecting and collaborative planning for the 18-19 school year.  Teachers from each grade level, specialists, counselors, and special education teachers met to reflect on and analyze assessments, refine pacing guides, create lists of needs, update summer reading lists, debrief on new curriculum, plan summer professional learning, and to celebrate successes from the 17-18 school year.  Paine PTO provided delicious refreshments for the participants. 

Magnolia Art Show

Over 1300 pieces of art adorn the halls of Magnolia Elementary this week. The students' artwork is outstanding!  The art show coincides with their book fair this week. Parents are invited to a special showing tonight, May 8. 

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